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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

558 Reviews
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Reviews: 558
Hads: 2,856
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 29.53%
Wants: 180
Gots: 853 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009

A witbier bursting with good karma. Made with dried organic orange slices, fresh-cut lemongrass and a bit of coriander, this Belgian-style white beer is a great thirst quencher.

20 IBU
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Reviews: 558 | Hads: 2,856
Photo of ljthockey7
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong smell of lemon-orange. Mouth feel was a bit too carbonated. But taste of the lemongrass and orange peel were definitely present and added some interesting flavor. A little too yeasty also but overall I enjoyed this. Not typically a fan of this style but a very intriguing offer from Dogfish. Wouldn't buy the bottle again but would have it if it was on tap somewhere.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy yellow with a little head that did last. Overall this beer kinds stinks, smells strongly of wheat and lemon. Has a nice complex taste alot of wheat flavors, strong orange and lemon flavors. A light flavor, but very easy to drink. Overall a complex and very good wheat beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whiteish/golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is musty, wheat, a bit of spice. Taste is spices, some citrus and wheat, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would probably be more enjoyable on a hot summer day, but a solid beer.

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Photo of Beermanmiles
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Beers like this tend to make me upset. When dogfish head gathers ingredients like orange peel and coriander, you'd think they could make a beer even slightly better than shiner's white wing. Well they didn't, in fact, they taste exactly the same. There are a lot of witbier with these exact ingredients and I happen to think Dogfish managed to make it worse. I had so much faith in this beer. I thought to myself: finally a witbier made with coriander and orange peel that will taste better than the others. What I found after tasting it was that it was overly carbonated and lacked alcohol content. It smells fantastic though. Not worth the price by any means however. Dogfish Head is a great brewery though, don't get me wrong.

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Photo of Edv0cate
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to the store planning to get an IPA and ended up with this stuff, Namaste by Dogfishhead. Only bought it because of the title and the brewing company. Dogfishhead is one of my favorite so i expected a lot from this beer. Looking into the bottle, there were a lot of floaties, I'm not sure what this means, but from what ive read, its either fine or a really bad thing. But whatever i still drank it. Poured it right when i got home into a glass. Got about a two finger head, this beer looks great when its poured. Fizzed from the bottom of the glass upwards. Its a light yellow in color, the lightest color beer ive ever had actually.
I tasted it, and this is where i start to get dissappointed. Dogfishhead has a lot of original tasting beers, whereas this one tastes like heineken, and a lot of other beers of the sort. The only distinction is the heavy after taste of lemongrass, which is why i give taste a 3.75. Heineken is about a 2.25 for me, but this aftertaste in Namaste is incredible. I'm not going to get more any time soon, the alcohol content is only 5% and it was I think $12 for a pint. Worth to buy it if you want to know what "good" heineken tastes like, but its nothing special.

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Photo of Mojo
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into wheat beer glass

A - pale straw, fairly clear with a teeny tiny bit of sediment, two inch white head, good retention, and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Wow the nose on this is strong with oranges and lemons.

T - Sweet citrusy malt coexists with a spicy coriander dry finish.

M - good carbonation, average thickness and a bit if a aftertaste

O - This is not my cup of tea at all, but I think it succeeds for what it tries to be. Sessionable, easy to drink, and refreshing.

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Photo of alexkeil
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never been disappointed with a DFH beer, and I'm not here, but I don't have much to talk up about this beer either. It is a witbier, its made to style, its refreshing; however, I've come to expect a lot from DFH. I guess I was a little let down that it was just a witbier, there wasn't that layered complexity or interesting ingredient that shined through. Maybe I'm being too hard, it is beer and its very drinkable.

Poured a nice sunny hazy gold with a fizzy white head. There was fair head retention with lasting lacing around the glass. The aroma had lemongrass, citrus and yeast. The flavor was similar to aroma with lemon and yeast, some malt sweetness that complimented the creamy mouthfeel and slight alcohol presence.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet, can't read the bottled date. This pours a slightly hazy straw light color with a short lived white head. The smells are of corriander, orange and spices. The feel is medium to light. The taste is okay a little orange and ripe orange bitterness, some lemon grass, pretty light flavors for dogfish head, not their best.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear straw, stark white head, lots of cling lace.

S - Light spices and malt.

T - The spices become much more apparent in taste. Coriander and lemongrass are very noticeable. Malt in middle, and spicy finish.

M - Light bodied, good carb, good balance.

D - Not my favorite, but an interesting beer!

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Photo of narwhal
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Large format bottle - pours very light golden yellow, with minimal head - it did have some visible sediment in the second glass even after swirling the bottle carefully. Pretty typical 'witbier' aroma with a hint of lemongrass, not overpowering. Strong & distinctive taste, with the lemongrass once again dominating, plus some citrus notes, combining to give the perfect amount of sourness. Mouthfeel was unremarkable, medium carbonation and fairly thin.

Overall a very good beer, especially if you like your witbier with a lot of citrus/lemon.

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Photo of korguy123
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Namaste - 2011 1083 from notes

A- Slight hazy golden straw pour, tiny chunks floating around in suspension. Three finger fluffy white head recedes to thin cap quickly. Lacing is awesome.

S- Lemon and oranges, yeast and typical wheat beers.

T- Lemon and oranges, earthy grass notes. Typical wit taste.

M- Medium to thin bodied, lively carbonation.

O- Nothing special, nothing wowing, just an alright beer, strange for dfh not adding their own flair to this.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking hazy orange color. The head was fizzy and kind of faded away rather quickly. The smell of the beer had some nice lively citrus aromas blended with a soft wheat character as well. The taste of the beer has a light herbal flavor to it with an orange or lemon flavor in there as well. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and lighter bodied. Overall this beer is pretty good for the warmer seasons. I would drink this one again if I found it at a reasonable price.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a big white head that dissipates quickly. The smells is very sweet with lemon and grass. Also clove is detected. The Taste is mostly a combination of the grass and lemon. It is very interesting, I dont like it but I dont hate it. The beer is very drinkable and has a good mouthfeel. Overall decent but didnt win me over to buy it regularly. Its definitely more of a summer beer too.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow in color with lots of sediment. One finger white head that doesn't stick around for long. Some lacing here and there.

Aroma: Assortment of citrus fruits. Orange. Spices, coriander, green tea. Wheaty and floral.

Taste: Wheat, lemon grass. oranges, coriander, white pepper, spices, honeysuckle. Plenty of flavors and well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with soft carbonation. Quick drying wheaty finish, a trait i like in this style. Flavorful witbier but nothing truly outstanding. Just a solid beer.

Perhaps one of the most "traditional" beers I've had from DFH.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Light straw color. The slowest pour ever reveals three fingers of white head. Hoping there's a little carbonation left for the beer. Nose is citrus fruit, yeast. Quite big and enticing. Flavor is similar. Sweet fruity malt. Earthy yeast. Light spiciness, coriander. Flavor seems somewhat masked by the still high carbonation. Body is somewhat thin, light. A good lawnmower beer, but limited in terms of flavors; not really much going on.

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Photo of DIM
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a: Straw colored but only slightly hazy; poured with a small bright white cap.

s: Prety much classic wit. Earthy wheat with notes of citrus, spice, and hint of lemongrass which does set this one apart.

t: A bit drier than most wits, the lemongrass I guess. Some bitter citrus rind and pepper round things out. Short lived, not much lingering flavor.

m: Soft and a tad watery.

o: A bit of a different take, this works pretty well.

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Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw colored, with an orangey white thin head that settles out quickly. Aroma of yeast and clove. Flavor initially fairly matches the nose, but slight lemony notes emerge, and a peppery bite works its way into the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, but a bit talcy as well.

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Photo of JonSC
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

I didn't care for this as much as most wheat beers. It had a thin pour, a light taste and seemed to lack a bit of depth. The lemongrass was a bit strong to me, and I didn't get as much orange as some other reviewers. There also seemed to be a bit of coriander taste present.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4oz bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - The body is a hazy straw color. Three fingers of white head leave some decent lacing down the side of the glass.

S - I get citrus on the nose, lemons and oranges.

T - The taste seems to have more of a lemon influence. I get some sourness the more I drink.

M - Medium with a lot of carbonation.

O - I would not say this is my favorite of this style and would not buy a bottle of this again. It's not bad. I just don't think it's worth the dough.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, faint orange citrus, lemon grass and somewhat earthy. In the taste, orange notes, dry earthiness and lemon grass. A spice bite and light to a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange to coriander like aftertaste. Almost saison like, mellow with a nice spice profile.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pale straw with a 1/2 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with the tiniest yeast particles floating about. Light carbonation.

Wheat, doughy bread, and lemongrass.

Big wheat, doughy bread notes, and Belgian yeasties. Lemongrass, drops of lemon juice, and a touch of strawberry-banana. Slight hints of coriander, peppercorn, and orange zest.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, and semi-dry.

Light, refreshing, and ultra-wheaty brew. As far as Witbiers go, it's very good.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a frothy, white head that has nice persistence and laces well. Yeasty, malty aroma with citric notes and a touch of pepper; the lemongrass, orange slices, and coriander are all present and it's fun to smell this and the different aromas. This smells really, really nice. Starts with a subtle citrus flavor on top of yeastiness and wheat malt. Builds into a more floral hoppiness that blends with the citrus flavors. Finish is malt with the slight bitterness of black peppercorns and their spiciness.

This isn't too bad. I like the complexity and the layers of flavors, but I think they're all a touch too subtle.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during a dog fish head tasting
A-Murky yellow with particals floating and white head
S-smells like a combination of lemon and orange together
T-tastes like it smells, very orangy...
M-light and crisp
D-very drinkable, and I usually hate this style

Thanks cam!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy light yellow colored brew with a one finger white head that had good retention. The head eventually faded to give a high level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of citrus lemon and some spices. The spices are the classic wit variety of clove and pepper with some other herbal and grassy smells as well. With these are aromas of yeast and banana as well.

Taste – A wheat body mixed with a lemongrass flavor are the first to meet the tongue. They are soon joined by some coriander and clove, as well as, a light banana sweetness mixed with a pepper taste. These tastes remain constant on the tongue till the end of the taste where the pepper and banana lose ground to some yeasty notes. This yeast flavor when combined with an increase in the wheat and lemon flavors, produces a lingering aftertaste to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the lighter side and the carbonation level was rather high. These characteristics were good for the style and made it quite drinkable and refreshing.

Overall – It was pretty good, but nothing too exceptional and not really something of only big bottle format.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner during the beer tasting club meeting. Fresh from the store.

A - cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head that left streaky lacing down the glass.

S - big Lemon nose on this - definitely the dominant character

T - initial yeasty notes melting into big spiced clove character with lots of backing lemon rind. Tastes endures for a while, but isn't hugely intense.

M - quite light, with practically no carbonation.

D - drinkable, but not overly impressive in any dimension.

Decent Wit, with some interesting qualities. One I'd give a moderate recommendation for. It's DFH, how can you not!

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.